The top stuff for kids to do this week
Ice Cream Social (04 344 4161) Trot down to Mercato Mall this weekend (and July 30-Aug 1) from 4pm-10pm daily for an interactive kids’ show while 1950s-style ice cream parlour roller girls dish out the sweet stuff from 6.30pm.
Kids Fashion Week (04 295 1010) If you’re feeling so hot and bothered that all you want to do is lie around in the air conditioning, pull yourself together and take the kids down to fashion week at Deira City Centre. Pleny of the mall’s trendy kids’ stores, such as Okaidi Obaibi, Adams and Gap will be showing off their latest collections, so even if you’re feeling anything but cool, there’s no excuse for not looking the part. Kids from Modhesh Friends Club will be strutting their stuff on the catwalk and organisers will be on the hunt for the best models in town.
Fashion week runs from July 24-30 from 6pm-9pm daily.
Summer health festival – hygiene (www.summerhealthfestival.com)
If you’re having trouble getting your kids to clean their teeth, wash their hands or wash their face in the morning, why not take a trip to BurJuman today? The summer health festival is running an exhibition all about hygiene this week and there will be plenty of games, puzzles and even a show about keeping clean.
Summer health festival runs until August 14 and the schedule can be found on the website.
Saturday Aug 1
Saturday Family Brunch at Latitude (04 406 8999; email@example.com, Jumeirah Beach Hotel) Combine fabulous food and fun entertainment with the family brunch at Latitude. Complete with interactive chef’s comedy show and live band, the kids can get involved in cooking activities and their own special entertainment. Oh, and the food is pretty great too.
From 12.30pm 4.00pm, Dhs 185 for adults (soft drinks only) Dhs340 (with alcoholic beverages), Dhs85 for kids aged five-12 years, under-fours free.
Meet & Greet Noddy & Dora (04 227 7701) Fans of Noddy and Dora will go crazy this Saturday as they are coming to Al Manal Centre. Not only will the characters be there to meet the children but they will also be putting on a dance show which is bound to impress.
Meet & Greet Noddy & Dora between 7pm-8.45pm on August 1.
Spot Modhesh (04 341 4747) At the Mall of the Emirates this DSS, you can make your shopping trip a little less boring for your kids by playing Spot Modhesh. Every child that spots the smiley yellow guy will receive a small prize.
Spot Modhesh runs until August 14. Sun-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight.
Back to school exhibit (04 232 5444) For all things back to school, Dubai Festival City is the place to go. The back to school exhibit will show everything your family will need for the year ahead. There will also be workshops running on all things school-related. It might even help to remind your kids that the first day back is looming.
Back to school exhibit runs until August 14 open 10am-10pm daily; workshops 5pm-10pm.
Carnival Mask (04 423 4666) The Dubai Outlet mall is offering the city’s youngsters the chance to get all theatrical this week. Between 4pm and 7pm, kids can design and make their own carnival masks at the mall. With a wide variety of materials and colours the children can enjoy hours of creative fun.
Carnival Mask runs until August 7 between 4pm and 7pm.
Pediatric first aid course (04 348 5452; www.synergyctrdubai.com)
Synergy Integrated Medical Centre on Al Wasl Road is running a course in first aid for parents and caregivers. Dhs250 from 9.30am-12.30pm.
Choco-Villa (04 341 4747) A chocolate house would be pretty useless in Dubai but in the cool surroundings of the Mall of the Emirates there will be a whole selection of them. Kids will be allowed to try and make their own too.
Choco-Villa runs until August 14. Exhibition open 10am-10pm daily; workshops from 5pm-10pm.
Cupcake making (04 423 4666) Perfect for parents who can’t stand the mess and stress of home cooking sessions, kids can make and decorate their own cupcakes and then eat them (if you don’t get there first) down at Dubai Outlet Mall this week.
Cupcake Making runs from July 30 to August 5, 4pm-7pm daily.
Bob the Builder & the Sunflower Sailor (04 222 5222) Can we fix it? Bob and chums will certainly hope so in their latest adventure at Al Ghurair City. Come and see the whole gang in this song and dance spectacular.
Bob the Builder & the Sunflower Sailor runs until August 12. Thu-Fri 5.30pm, 7.30pm, 9.30pm; Sat-Wed 6pm, 8pm; no show Tue.
Night zoo at Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort (03 782 0121) Magical Night Zoo Launched at Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort. Beat the heat and see the animals in a whole new light at the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort. Open from Saturday to Thursday 4pm-10pm and Fridays 10am-10pm, the Night Zoo creates a magical nighttime experience. Exhibits are lit with spotlights to reveal the beasts lurking in the shadows.
Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort will be organising a range of family activities and entertainment throughout the summer months. From the traditional birds of prey show to exciting activities for children, visitors can chill out with the penguins, slither with the snakes and hang with the monkeys – all during the cooler summer evenings in Al Ain.
Al Ain Night Zoo is open from Saturday to Thursday 4pm-10pm and Fridays 10am-10pm.
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